Pre-op day yesterday...
It was a long day. Spine class, 3 doctors (ENT, internest, Ortho), nurses, blood/urine, EKG, etc.... My wife mentioned to the internest an item that was on a CT scan from a few years ago when I had kidney stones. Apparently I have a small amount of scarring on my lungs, possibly from all the anesthesia I had when I was little (when they used gas) and had over 20 surgeries. So, I have to go back on Tuesday for a pulmonary function test.
ENT surgeon said he will be there to do incision and move everything out of the way. Because I'm having c3-4, and c5-6-7, he will be making a 3-4 inch "S" shaped cut. Also, since I have a short, thick neck c3-4 might be difficult to get to, but they will do their best. He also said I will definately be intubated overnight, and not to plan on eating solids for 4 weeks.
Had 3 level ACDF C3-4, C5-7 in May 2012 for "severe" canal and foraminal stenosis